At times, we all need a serious break from the chaos and stresses of city life. So if you’re looking for some much-needed zen, Brookline’s trendy (yet authentic) new hot spot has got you covered.
Tucked into Coolidge Corner, Gen Sou En, a Japanese-style teahouse, just opened its doors to the public on February 21st — and it’s like nothing Boston has ever seen before (hint: mounds of matcha).
A new matcha haven
Here, tea takes center stage. In fact, the eccentric new joint operates as a small-scale tasting room, offering custom green tea blends including: umami, which is often described as mellow and smooth, the deep and complex kokimi, and shibumi—known to be sharp and intense.
On top of packing a nice caffeine punch, these tea combos are loaded with powerful oxidizing agents, and are known to reduce cholesterol, fat, and are even good for cavity prevention. (As if we needed any more reasons to pick tea over coffee.)
Matcha, everyone’s favorite healthy, antioxidant buzzword, will be served in traditional ceramic bowls as well as blended into sodas, lattes, and several baked goodies because—let’s be real—there’s no such thing as too much matcha.
While it’s not a full-service restaurant (womp womp), there will be light breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Plus, sake cups, Japanese beer, wine and locally roasted coffee are also on the menu.
The devil’s in the details
Gen Sou En will be Harada Tea & Food’s first endeavor overseas, a Japanese tea company that just celebrated 100 years in business — so they know what’s up when it comes to all things matcha. Their goal? To enhance and capitalize on Japan’s rich and cultural traditions.
Walk through the door and you’ll be met with a modern and clean 6,000-square-foot space, previously home to a Panera Bread. From the seven-foot tree that grows out of the center of the restaurant (no, we’re not kidding) to the platform area with Japanese tatami mats, where people can sit and stretch their legs (mid-afternoon naps, anyone?), the attention to detail screams omotenashi… the Japanese way of caring for guests.
Step right up
Gen Sou En Tea House is open everyday from 6:30am until 9pm at 299 Harvard Street in Brookline. And with 125 seats, there’s plenty of room to relax, unwind, and experience some Japanese culture (and matcha) at its absolute finest.